Archive for October, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Just over a year ago it was Irene. Hurricane Sandy is coming toward the NY Metro area. Blogging schedule may be a bit off the next few days.

Internet Archive Preserves Ten Petabytes

The Internet Archive is a really cool org. They recently announced they have archived ten petabytes of cultural material. 1 Petabyte = 1,048,576 GB. Think about that for a moment. Humanity is creating and exchanging data at an alarming rate. In just a few more years this number will unquestionably be dwarfed. This data will […]

Windows 8 Is Here

Windows 8 has launched, and it’s been quite silent. Not many seem to even care. Every media outlet has some coverage, but it’s hardly the buzz that Apple even got for their latest upgrade. Certainly not the buzz iOS 6 got. Sign of the times. I’ve got 2 computers that currently run Windows 7. I […]

When Is It Really “Open Source”

From Phoronix: Up to this point the graphics driver for the BCM2835 and its VideoCore processor found in the Raspberry Pi was backed by an open-source kernel driver but a closed-source user-space. Today — through cooperation with Broadcom — the Raspberry Pi Foundation was able to release the user-space bits to to this driver. Therefore […]

College Professor’s Entertaining Lecture

This college professor knows how to make class entertaining. This was well done and well executed. Clearly some time was spent on perfecting this. Timing is spot on.

New Apple Products

The Apple announcements to me were somewhat of a mixed bag. iMac I love the new iMac design, with the exception of the omitted optical media. A computer that slim with such a great display deserves to be usable as a media center. Otherwise it’s actually a great computer at a good price. If you […]

Efficency End To End

From The Economist: ENGINES on airliners are highly efficient when they are in flight, but not when operating on the ground. When a plane is taxiing under its own power, the engines burn vast amounts of fuel. A Boeing 747 can consume a tonne of fuel and emit several tonnes of carbon dioxide during an […]

High Speed Sports

Baseball at 5,000 FPS is pretty interesting stuff: Davies says the camera is a Vision Research v642, which shoots high-def video and is regularly used to cover baseball games. But last night’s was specially modified by a company called Inertia Unlimited to shoot at an extra high frame rate and customized to use a Canon […]

Cleopatra’s Needle

One of the lesser known and peculiar things in NYC is that there’s an Ancient Egyptian obelisk in Central Park right behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which also has a ton of Egyptian artifacts). It’s right there out in the open. It’s sister obelisk is in London.

Your Beverage Ice Is Dirtier Than Toilet Water

You may want to consider ordering your drink without ice next time you’re at a fast food restaurant (or any place): “I found that 70-percent of the time, the ice from the fast food restaurant’s contain more bacteria than the fast food restaurant’s toilet water,” Roberts told local station 10 News in Tampa. How did […]